Horrifying moment man, 27, is caught on camera kidnapping 14-year-old girl in Los Angeles before sexually assaulting her in public restroom
- Edward William Banks, 27, was arrested after allegedly forcing the teen victim into a bathroom and sexually assaulting her
- CCTV footage released by the LAPD shows Banks with his arm draped over the victim, walking her down the street
- Police say Banks used a weapon to threaten the victim into complying
- He is currently being held on a $1 million bond on charges of suspicion of aggravated kidnapping to commit rape
The horrifying moment a Los Angeles man threatened a 14-year-old girl with a weapon before forcing her into a bathroom and sexually assaulting her was captured on camera.
Edward William Banks, 27, was arrested on Tuesday night hours after the incident and is currently being held on a $1 million bail.
He is charged with suspicion of aggravated kidnapping to commit rape.
Edward William Banks, 27, was arrested after he allegedly threatened a 14-year-old girl with a weapon and sexually assaulted her
Banks was caught on surveillance footage allegedly leading the teen to a bathroom where he sexually assaulted her
Banks is seen leading the girl down a street with his arm tightly around her
The footage, along with tips, helped detectives track him down and he has been charged with suspicion of aggravated kidnapping to commit rape
The FBI’s annual crime report showed murders were up by 4.3 percent and rapes up by 3.9 percent last year in the US, but overall crime was reportedly down due to decreases in robberies and assaults. The data, however, is missing figures from NYC and LA
The footage shows Banks with his arm draped around the unidentified teen while walking down a street in Los Angeles.
He then allegedly forced the victim into a bathroom by threatening her with a weapon and sexually assaulted her, before fleeing in an unknown direction.
The disturbing case comes as crime rises around the nation, including California.
The city recorded a 21 percent rise in aggravated assaults and a 22 percent rise in robberies when compared to last year.
Despite the tangible uptick in crime, Los Angeles mysteriously failed to report its crime data to the FBI.
In 2020, the FBI announced a complete overhaul of its crime data collection system in order to improve the statistics about crime in the US.
The FBI released their annual crime statistics and painted a picture of which states have the highest and lowest rates of violent crime – though LA did not submit their crime statistics
The city has seen a major uptick in crime compared to last year, including a 1% increase in rapes
However, about 9,700 police agencies had initially failed to submit their crime reports to the correct system by the March 14 deadline, with New York and Los Angeles failing to submit any data all together.
Both cities have contended with more than 300 murders so far this year, with overall violent crime running rampant.
Analysts from the Brennan Center for Justice said the missing data has left the current image of crime in America muddied.
‘With so many agencies failing to report a full year of data for 2021, this year’s annual crime data release will have significant blind spots,’ the center said in a statement.